The Metropolitan Council of Porto will meet today to discuss their bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Council members in Porto will meet later today to discuss the city’s bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest next May. The Metropolitan Area of Portugal is proposing hosting next years contest at the Europarque in Santa Maria da Feira, 25 kiometres south of the city. Europarque was constructed in 1995 and is a multi-purpose conference centre and event venue. The site has a large pavilion capable of 11,000 people.
The bid was to be discussed last Friday, however half of the member of the council were not in attendance and thus it could not be discussed. The bid has the backing of Mayor of Feira, who is a member of the council, and has called on RTP to consider Europaraque as a possible venue.
Alongside Porto, two other cities announce their interest in hosting next years Eurovision Song Contest. These cities are Guimarães and Faro, it is not currently known whether either city has begun preparing a big to host the competition.
Faro’s main bid limitation would be the lack of a venue suitable for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the challenges Faro wishes to take part in the bidding process. While Guimarães would be unlikely to meet the criteria to host the contest. The city lacks access to an international airport, which is one of the major requirements for hosting the contest
The head of RTP has confirmed that the broadcaster will look at all possibilities before deciding on the host city. Currently Lisbon and the MEO Arena are viewed as the front-runners to host next years competition. The European Broadcasting Union according to the Director General of RTP has already suggested that the MEO Arena in Lisbon be used as the venue for the competition. The Meo Arena was completed in 1998 as the pavilion for EXPO’98 and has a capacity of 20,000. It is the joint third largest indoor arena in Europe and the largest in Portugal. Previously the venue has played host to finals of a number of World & European sporting championships
Source: Journal de Negocios